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11:35 AM ET, February 26, 2017

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Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Slain SEAL's dad wants answers: 'Don't hide behind my son's death'  —  When they brought William “Ryan” Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens' family paid their respects.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Trump's Job Approval Stands at Just 44 Percent as Partisan Splits Reign  —  Trump's Approval Falls Into Negative Territory 0:54  —  President Donald Trump's job approval rating stands at just 44 percent — a record low for a newly inaugurated commander-in-chief — and half of Americans …
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
'That's Not Acceptable': John Kasich on Republicans Who Want to Completely ‘Get Rid’ of Obamacare … During today's broadcast of CBS's Face the Nation, Ohio Governor and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich discussed the conundrum Congressional Republicans are in when it comes …
Discussion: The Week
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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Leaked report suggests millions could lose coverage under GOP health proposal  —  Republican replacement plans for Obamacare would lead to significant declines in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, according to an analysis presented Saturday at the National Governors Association and obtained by Vox.
Maquita Peters / NPR:
Trump Will Be First President In 36 Years To Skip White House Correspondents Dinner  —  President Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would break from a decades-old tradition and skip the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner scheduled for April 29.
Discussion: The Guardian, CNN, The Resurgent and IJR
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The Hill:
Trump: I won't attend White House correspondents' dinner
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Buoyed By Anti-Trump Activism, Democrat Wins Delaware Special Election  —  An army of volunteers, many from out of state, flooded the state Senate district for Stephanie Hansen.  —  MIDDLETOWN, Del. This is what democracy looks like.  —  It's been a chant that has animated marches …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Perez fires back at Trump: I'll be your worst nightmare  —  Tom Perez fired back at President Trump on Saturday after the president offered the newly elected Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman a mock-congratulatory tweet.  —  “Call me Tom.  And don't get too happy,” tweeted Perez …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Thomas Perez elected the first Latino leader of Democratic Party
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Breitbart gets exclusive interview with Trump  —  Breitbart has snagged an exclusive interview with President Trump scheduled for Monday afternoon in the Oval Office, according to a report by Axios on Saturday.  —  Breitbart's Washington editor Matthew Boyle is slated to conduct the interview, Axios reported.
Discussion: Axios, RedState and Washington Post
TMZ.com:
Bill Paxton — Dead at 61  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Bill Paxton has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  We're told the actor died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery.  —  Paxton had a string of hits, including “Twister,” “Titanic” and “Aliens.”  He won an Emmy for “Hatfields and McCoys.”
Discussion: RedState and AOL
David Siders / Politico:
House Intel chair: Trump-Russia investigation calls ‘almost like McCarthyism’  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, responding to calls for an independent investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russia, said Saturday that the House would not engage in a …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Alberta / Politico:
‘The Conservative Movement Is Donald Trump’  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — They should have known better.  The college kids, crammed into the back-right corner of an overflow ballroom here at the Gaylord National Resort, should have recognized that the props being distributed to them were, in fact, miniature Russian flags.
Pat Rynard / The Daily Beast:
Iowa Lawmakers Face Rage-Filled Recess  —  So much for “Iowa Nice.”  —  Rowdy town hall forums are the new normal in the Hawkeye state.  Contentious scenes of older, grey-haired Iowans lobbing hostile questions at Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst made national news this week.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Meet the terrorist behind the next women's march  —  The Women's March on Washington in January 21st.  —  Getty Images  —  MORE FROM:  —  Here's the left's next great idea for bringing down President Trump: another women's march.  Which means another public instance of Trump haters shouting slogans …
Julia Harte / Reuters:
Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington  —  The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump's promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury.
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NPR.org:
Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions
Discussion: BizPac Review and Balloon Juice
Dnexon / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Gorka Dissertation, Part II  —  In my prior post, I tried to make clear that you don't need to get very far—less than twenty pages, in fact—into Gorka's dissertation to recognize its academic shoddiness.  Something like 7% of it is a cut-and-paste job from an earlier article.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet has to work as a cleanup crew  —  After President Trump said that deporting undocumented immigrants was “a military operation,” Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, speaking in Mexico, clarified that there would be “no use of military force in immigration operations.”
Carole Cadwalladr / Observer:
Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit  —  Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Donald Trump, played key role with ‘sinister’ advice on using Facebook data  —  The US billionaire who helped bankroll Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency played a key role in the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, the Observer has learned.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
What Does Steve Bannon Want?
Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
Farage at CPAC: 2016 Was The Beginning of a Great Global Revolution
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Gretchen Carlson in talks to join MSNBC, sources say
Evan Perez / CNN:
National security adviser: Term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ isn't helpful
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump
Discussion: Axios and AOL
Robin McKie / Observer:
Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Reuters:
France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Sources: U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council
Discussion: American Thinker
NEWS.com.au:
Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: ‘I sobbed like a baby’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC
Jorge Bonilla / NewsBusters:
Jorge Ramos: U.S. Is ‘Our Country, Not Theirs’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Lynne F. Stewart, Lawyer for Omar Abdel Rahman, Unexpectedly Outlives Him
Discussion: twitchy.com
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats plan to troll Trump at big speech
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
O'Rourke on Cruz challenge in 2018: “I really want to do this”
Discussion: Off the Kuff